Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms by serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing food, farm, and nutrition education, and supporting local, family farmers. There are over 2,000 farm to school programs nationwide. Farm to School activities can include featuring fresh, local food in school meals, hands-on cooking and taste testing, edible school gardening, field trips to farms, and standards-based experiential learning in the classroom.
From organizing taste tests in the classroom to writing their legislators, parents have many opportunities to support Farm to School in Georgia. Below are a few resources to get you started.
To stay up to date on farm to school happenings around the state, sign up for the Georgia Organics monthly Farm to School e-Bite newsletter. Every month you’ll get an updated list of grants, upcoming events, and articles.
Not sure how to get your Farm to School program off the ground? This template provides a list of key stakeholders, helpful tips and a sample agenda.
Farm to School activities dovetail perfectly into the federally mandated wellness policies that each district writes and implements. This sample policy provides helpful suggestions and wording.
This Farm to School and Educational Garden Programs Guide, created by Georgia Organics and PLACE, provides tips on how to get started, suggested classroom readings, garden themes, sample kid-friendly recipes, and tips on growing and maintaining a school garden.
This guide will give you tips on how and why to conduct a new food taste test at your school. It also includes a sample survey and tips for using student feedback when planning meals incorporating new food items.
The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market partnered with McNair High School for a week of educational classes focused on healthy lifestyles and local economies. They documented their experience in this video.
This report from the Center for Ecoliteracy documents Farm to School work from the mid nineties in New York City. Read what was done there to get students excited about fresh food and gardening.
This study investigated the effect of school gardens on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in school-aged children.
- The Effects of School Gardens on Students and Schools: Conceptualization and Consideration for Maximizing Healthy Development
This study examines school gardens as a promising approach in promoting the physical, social, and intellectual development of school-aged children.